Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: learn more at Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) began on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please visit for more information on interim services.

Aspiring Authors Circle to Meet at MLK

New group will offer peer support for emerging writers

Calling all authors!

Building Early Literacy Skills With Dialogic Reading

The early literacy method called dialogic reading uses open-ended or “what” questions to expand a child’s expressive vocabulary and story-telling  skills.  

Reading Fun in the Fall

Autumn brings a new season and the opportunity to read many wonderful books with your family. In addition to the changing seasons, Halloween, Harvest and Thanksgiving themes abound on library bookshelves.  

'Fledgling': A Must Read

Fledgling by Octavia Butler is a thrilling read. Full of movement and suspense, this novel will make you squirm at times.

'The Last Unicorn'

This piece will be the first in a series of reviews of science fiction and fantasy works, celebrating MLK Memorial Library's ongoing Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club.

Adaptive Services Children's Recommendation

"The Borrowers"

Dear LBPH Kids,

All About Oysters

On a recent visit to the wonderfully renewed Union Market here in D.C., I had the pleasure of stopping by the Rappahanock Oyster Company’s food stall.

Who was John Chapman?

'Seed by Seed'

Fall is here and in addition to admiring the bright colors of the trees as they change, we indulge in a lot of fun activities that include apples. For example, you may love making and eating treats, like apple pie, cider and candied apples. You probably also heard the name Johnny "Appleseed", but what do you know about him?

'Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.' by Dr. Ida E. Jones

Activism and Education in Logan Circle

The Black Studies Center now has a copy of Dr. Ida E.

Our Favorite Banned Books

Celebrating the Richness of the Forbidden

You know us.  We are the dedicated library staff who scurry between the Welcome Desk, the Popular Library, and the Digital Commons to assist you in your information and entertainment needs.